Russian neo-Nazis are allegedly using social media to identify gay teenagers, luring them on “dates” to bully and torture them, according to Eastern European LGBTI rights organisation Spectrum Human Rights Alliance (SHRA).
The group names notorious Russian nationalist and former neo-Nazi leader Maxim Martsinkevich as the founder of “Occupy Pedophilyaj”, a campaign purportedly aiming to identify pedophiles.
Instead, the campaign is said to target teenage boys who show up responding to same-sex personal ads, with group members showing up to abuse the victims, capturing the events on camera.
“These self-proclaimed ‘crime fighters’ perform their actions under the broad day light, often outside and clearly visible to general public that indifferently passes by or even commend them,” SHRA writes on its website.
“Video recordings of bullying and tortures are freely distributed on the Internet in order to out LGBT teens to their respective schools, parents and friends. Many victims were driven to suicides, the rest are deeply traumatized.”
A video appearing on YouTube shows one instance of a group of men from Occupy Pedophilyaj bullying a teenage boy who identifies himself as homosexual.
These reports come just weeks after Russia instituted laws against adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, and against the promotion of “homosexual propaganda” towards minors, including any same-sex public displays of affection.